Chronopolitical Assemblages

October 22, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Dr. M. Shadee Malaklou

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This talk elaborates the relationship between race/ism, sexuality, and time in the discourses of Euro-American modernity that overdetermine structures of relationality in the contemporary Middle East (and its diaspora) as they have been/are affected by encounters with European and American peoples and cultures. I argue that the Euro-Enlightenment social and political constructions of time that have been adopted by Iran and its neighbors, as a practical Occidentalism, espouse antiblack raced and gendered assemblages. Such chronopolitical assemblages remain largely unaffected by Iran's turn to counter-modernity, specifically, by its turn to political Islam in 1979.

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